Librarians are available throughout the year to conduct research sessions on discrete areas of law. A class session given by a reference librarian to review the research tools in areas such as tax, civil rights, securities, international, or administrative law has often been of significant assistance to students. In addition, it allows the students to complete the upper level research and citation workshop requirement. The librarians can also prepare research guides and other bibliographic aids to complement your course syllabus, speech, a presentation by a guest lecturer, or a colloquium.
For further information, please contact Deborah Heller, Director of the Law Library.
A wide variety of guides have been prepared by the reference librarians and are available for your use. Of special interest are the tip sheets on Bluebooking, both for legal documents and for law reviews. Many of these handouts are available on the Library's Research Guides website.
Faculty members who have their own student research assistants should ask them to contact Deborah Heller (422-4339) as soon as they are hired in order to schedule a mandatory library orientation. The orientation sessions last approximately one hour, and students are required to attend one before they begin to work as faculty research assistants. Students will be paid for the hour they spend in training. The training will cover resources available through the Library, interlibrary and intercampus loans, and research techniques.
Deborah Heller, Assistant Dean of the Law Library, can arrange a Library tour for faculty members upon request. A tour will provide you with a general introduction to the Law Library’s collection, as well as the physical design of the building. We especially urge new and visiting professors to take advantage of this service.
The Law School subscribes to Lexis and Westlaw. Please contact Deborah Heller to arrange for training and passwords.
A wealth of information is accessible over the Internet and can be located via the Law Library's research guides. Electronic access to the Law Library means that many research services of the traditional library are available twenty-four hours a day.
Some of the special Internet projects the Law Library has launched include the CISG database, which is a collection of material on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the Law collections in the Pace Digital Commons.
Upon request we will provide Internet training sessions in your office and tailor them to your areas of interest. Contact your liaison or Deborah Heller for an appointment.